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When I was trying to decide which image I should do for today’s rework so many came to mind.  I went through lots of photos and this next one really stood out, see if you can see why.

This was one of my first-ish attempts at HDR images.  I was using Photoshop to do them.  The original post was also called Chocolate Cake with Tea and I did it back in December.  I remember doing it, I had to make the cake, then ice it and then set up the still life.  I hadn’t really used the cups and saucers before, so it was nice to get them out for this.  They seemed to go so well with this set up.

I used 5 images for this and I think it is fair to say that I over, over saturated the colours somewhat, even the cake looks too orange.  The lighting looks too strong as well, I really don’t know what I was thinking when I did this.  Though to be fair, I think it was inexperience and not really knowing what I was doing and not being sure.

This image is pretty much a straight HDR image, once it was processed I really didn’t do much else to it.  Back then processing as a HDR was pretty much it.  I didn’t try and find anything else to do to the images.  So in order to rework the image, it meant I had to go back and find the images I used for it.  I used Photomatix Pro this time.

This HDR image is so much closer to the original colours of the tea set.  The cups and saucers are not that bright orange that is in the first image.  This image has also been processed with camera raw in Photoshop.  Other than that, nothing else really.

Of course I had to have a go at trying some other stuff on it as well.

I don’t know if this really worked, but I wanted to try and see what I could do to it. I didn’t do a lot, just added a couple of layers of blurring, darkened it some and then tried to highlight the cake more.  I think it has turned out too dark, and maybe sometimes images should just be left alone.

I need to go and get some things ready for my class tomorrow.  I can’t believe it is here already.  I am really looking forward to teaching, but I am also a little worried about how I will go.  What if I get asked a question I can’t answer?  What if I stuff everything up.  I need to prepare now, so enjoy the post and see you tomorrow.

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